What We Believe
Make disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20)
The Bible is the written record of God’s covenant journey with mankind. It was written by human authors under the supernatural inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It was inspired by God and must be rightly divided in order to properly apply its contents to our daily lives. The Bible is the word of God with the New Covenant being our present-day rule of faith and practice.
Psalms 119:9-16, 40, 89, 105; Proverbs 30:5; Timothy 3:15-17; Joshua 1:8; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 4:4; 22:29; John 1:14; 5:39; 14:23-24; 17:17; Romans 15:4; Galatians 5:14; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; James 1:21; 2 Peter 1:21; Hebrews 4:12; 9:15; Revelation 22:18:19
God is the Creator of heaven, the earth and all that is in them. God is the great I AM, the All in all, the Alpha and the Omega. He is Love. He is holy and has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He does not change. He exists as one God revealed in three persons (Trinity): the Father, the Word (Son) and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority as God. God is not man but Spirit and Love.
Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3:14; Leviticus 11:44-45; 19:2; Numbers 23:19; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalms 18:30, 147:5; Isaiah 40:28, 44:6; 57:15; Jeremiah 9:24, 10:10, 12; 51:15; Malachi 3:6; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 1:35; John 4:24; 5:21-23; 14:10, 16; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:8-10; James 2:19; 1 John 5:7; 1 John 4:8; Revelation 1:8
God the Father is Jesus’ Father and our Heavenly Father. He is all powerful, all knowing, ever-present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and Holy. It is in Him that we live, move and have our being. The Father is always good, always right, always just and always faithful. He loved the world so much that He sent His only begotton Son to be the Savior of the world. He is always faithful to His people and His promises. Jesus Christ came to reveal the Father.
Psalm 68:5; Malachi 2:10; Isaiah 64:8; John 5:26; 14:10; 20:17; Acts 17:28; 1 Corinthians 8:6; James 1:17
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary to be the Savior of the world. He is God. He is the only Way for lost and sinful people to have a right relationship with God. He lived a sinless life and died a sinner’s death and paid the price of redemption for the whole world. Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one who believes. He defeated sin by dying on the cross, overcame death by raising from the dead and sent back the Holy Spirit to live in/empower those who are His.
Isaiah 7:14; 53:2-12; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 14:33; 16:16; 28:5-6; Luke 22:70; 24:46-47; John 1:1, 14; 3:16; 10:30; 11:25-27; 17:1-5; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 8:1-3; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; Gal 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; 1 John 4:14; Hebrews 1:3
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God on the Earth. His presence assures and empowers our relationship with God. He indwelt and empowered Jesus on earth. He inspired scripture. He guides believers into all truth, teaches us all things, brings to remembrance all that Jesus taught, and exalts the name of Jesus Christ. He is a gift to all who receive Him. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He comforts us, guides us, gives us spiritual gifts, makes us like Christ and empowers us to be witnesses in this world.
Genesis 1:2; Psalm 139:7; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Mark 1:10; Luke 1:35; 4:1; 11:13; 12:12; John 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4, 38; 13:2; Romans 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 12:7-11; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Peter 1:21; Revelation 22:17
Mankind was made in the image of God and is the supreme object and steward of His creation. Every human being is uniquely created by God, possesses God-given dignity, and is worthy of life, love, liberty, honor and respect. Mankind was created to have fellowship with God and live in righteousness but through disobedience became separated from that image. As a result of one man/s sin, death passed upon all mankind, for that, all have sinned. Therefore, man is born disconnected from God and is lost, without hope and destined for eternal death apart from salvation found in and offered by Jesus Christ. Mankind cannot attain a right relationship with God through works or their own effort but must repent and individually put his/her faith in Jesus Christ the Savior of the all mankind. We must be born-again.
Genesis 1:26-30; 2:7, 18-22; Psalms 8:3-6; 51:5; 115:16; Acts 4:12; 17:26-31; Romans 3:10-18, 23; 5:6, 12; 6:6; 7:14-25; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19, 21-22; Ephesians 2-1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11; John 3
Marriage is a covenant made between one man and one woman for life. God created marriage and therefore defined marriage. Marriage is reserved for a man and a woman who leave their father and mother, cleave unto each other and become one flesh. Marriage is a picture of Christ and the Church. Marriage is honorable in all and is the blessed foundation for family.
Gen 2: 22, 24; Proverbs 18:22; Malachi 2:13-16 Matthew 19: 5-6; Mark 10:8-12; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:21-33; Hebrews 13:4
Salvation is an event, a process and a future fulfillment that begins the moment a person repents and places their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift from God that must be personally received by faith. The shed blood of Jesus Christ provides the only way of salvation. It cannot be earned through our own efforts but must be received and will be evidenced by new life in Christ. Salvation has an influence on our whole being (spirit, soul and body).
Isaiah 1:18; 53:5-6; 55:7; Matthew 1:21; Luke 2:28-32; John 1:12; 3:16-18, 36; 5:24; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 16:30-31; Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 5:8-10; 13:11; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 5:5; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 9:28; Revelation 3:20
The moment a person receives the gift of salvation, the Holy Spirit comes to abide in that person and begins working through the regenerating, renewing and sanctifying power of God. Sanctification is God changing us from the inside out into the likeness of Christ as we yield to His power at work within us. Sanctification is a life-long process in which believers grow in God by the renewing of their mind by the Word of God.
1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23;Titus 3:5; John 17:17; Romans 12:2; 1 Peter 1:2; Hebrews 10:14
Water baptism is an act of identification for the believer who personally commits to follow Jesus Christ. To be water baptized is to be fully submerged in water. The person being baptized is personally identifying with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every person who puts their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ should be water baptized. Making a profession of faith in Jesus Christ and being baptized go hand in hand.
Matthew 28:19; Acts 8:36-39, 41; Romans 6:3-4, Galatians 3:27
The Promise of the Father (Being Baptized WITH the Holy Spirit)
It is every born-again believer’s privilege to experience the Promise of the Father, which is being baptized with the Holy Spirit. Every born-again believer possesses the indwelling Holy Spirit but being baptized with the Holy Spirit is an experience distinct and subsequent to being born-again. Other names/phrases given to the same experience are “being filled with the Spirit” and the “coming upon” of the Holy Spirit. The purpose of being baptized with the Holy Spirit is to receive God’s power to be a Christ-like witness. This experience and power is available to all born-again believers who ask for and yield to the Holy Spirit.
Luke 24:49; John 1:32-33; Acts 1:4-8; 2:4, 38; 8:14-17;10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9; 19:1-7; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
All the gifts of the Holy Spirit are available today for every born-again believer in Jesus Christ. There are diversities of gifts but the same Spirit. There are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. There are diversities of operations, but the same God which works all in all. These gifts of the Spirit are given to every believer for the edification and profit of all.
1 Corinthians 12: 1-31; 1 Corinthians 14:1-40
The Church is the Bride of Christ, a local community/family of believers unified through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church is committed to the teachings of Christ and obeying all of His commands. It seeks to bring the Gospel to the world that God so loves. The Church endeavors to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ and fulfilling the great commission.
Matthew 16:18-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-47; 5:11-14; 13:1-3; 14:23; 16:5; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:10-12; 5:22-32; Colossians 1:18; 3:15; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 21:2-3
The way God financially provides for His earthly ministry is through giving many times referred to as tithes and offerings. This financial system was present before the law, governed by law under the Old Covenant, affirmed by Jesus Christ in the gospels and is now fulfilled and governed by love/relationship in the New Covenant. It is every believer’s opportunity, responsibility and joy to be faithful to give financially to the local church and the advancement of God’s Kingdom ministries on earth.
Genesis 14:20; Hebrews 7:5; Malachi 3:10; Mathew 5:17, 23:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7